Recital season is officially upon us—and yep, we're all stressed! Between academic finals and final rehearsals, we basically have no free time. But we know the craziness will all be worth it once we get up on that stage. Here are 10 GIFs that totally sum up what it's like to survive recital season.
When You Find Out You're Going to Be in Eight Numbers
When Your Chemistry Teacher Announces a Huge Final Project—Due on Opening Night
When You're Running on Zero Sleep But Have to Go Straight from School to Rehearsal
When You Get to Rehearsal and Realize You Grabbed Your School Bag, Not Your Dance Bag
When You and Your Friend FINALLY Get That Turn Sequence Perfectly in Sync in Rehearsal
When It's Showtime and You Realize All Your Friends and Family Are in the Audience
When You Hear That First Bar of the Music
When You Nail Your 30-Second Quick Change
When You Forget Part of the Choreo But Then Recover Like a Total Pro
When the Show's Over and You Feel Like the Superstar You Are
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.